Colorado lawmakers taking action in wake of Florida school shooting

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Exactly one week after the Florida school shooting that claimed 17 lives, threats continue to be made against schools across the state. 

A Jefferson County School district took a student into custody for making a threat on social media against Bear Creek High School. 

Meanwhile, two teenage students were arrested Tuesday in Grand Junction, after they were reportedly heard talking about how a mass shooting could happen at Caprock Academy. 

Also Wednesday morning, District 20 received two anonymous tips about threats to shoot up and blow up Air Academy High School.

Through the Safe2Tell app, the principal says there was no reason to believe the threat was credible and there was extra security on Wednesday per standard procedure. 

Many survivors of the high school shooting in Florida are speaking out, saying enough is enough. Now Colorado lawmakers are saying the same thing.

Senator Larry Crowder of Alamosa said, “let’s stop trying to find the root of the problem like guns or mental health and just look to solutions.”

“The school shootings have increased so much dramatically in the last 10, 15, 20 years. It’s time we really took it serious,” said Crowder.

Now many lawmakers are speaking out. 

“I think there are steps we can take here in Colorado. This is a very troubling pattern,” said U.S. Representative for Colorado Doug Lamborn. 

“In my opinion we are in the idea of blaming we ought to take some action. It comes down to the protection of the students,” said Crowder.

Crowder is suggesting a new task force putting armed security at every K-12 school in Colorado.  

“What we need to do is have a separate security force, specifically trained in how to secure schools,” said Crowder.  

Lamborn agrees.

“I’d like to see armed guards doing their job at the front door,” said Lamborn.

Districts say they are taking many precautions to protect students such as security cameras, a buzz-in entry system, and school resource officers, but still there are worries.  

“Unfortunately, every tragedy that we see like this, is a learning opportunity,” said Devra Ashby with Colorado Springs School District 11. “I don’t think that there’s ever a way to guarantee safety 100 percent of the time. But we do everything that we can, because safety is our number one priority.”

Crowder said he believes it will take a sales tax increase voted on by the people.

Now students can always use the Safe2Tell app to report threats anonymously. 

The executive director of Safe2Tell said that reports in El Paso County alone have gone up by 85 percent in the last year.  

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